Meet Nely

August 16, 2012

ImageNely has a son, Ribaldo, in the Operacion San Andres’ secondary program. For work, Nely owns a little store inside of her house in Collique, where she sells all sorts of goodies including food, drinks, necessities, and office supplies. She has owned the store for about five years, but has just recently taken out a loan from her brother in order to grow her store. Just in the past couple of months she has been able to fill up her store with all that is shown in the picture. Nely got involved with OSA through a friend and is grateful for all that OSA has done for her son.

What does she need?
Since the growth of her business, Nely has lost control with the administration and organization of her inventory. She wants to learn how to administer her business so that she can see the profit she is making in order to care for her expenses, including paying back her loan to her brother and providing necessities for her family. Nely is a very hard worker and believes if she can do the basic organizing needed for her business, growth will occur. OSA is working to help her organize her store by showing her how to write down her inventory, find her profit, and invest back into her store so that it may grow.

How can we help?
Although Nely does not currently need any loans, encouragement for the hard work she is putting into her store is essential. Pray that she has the integrity and perseverance to continue to write down her inventory, find her revenues and expenses, and with discipline, find her profit. Nely is the only employee of her store, but to know that people around the world care for her and are working with her through prayer to grow her business could be one of the best ways to help grow her store. If you would like to send a letter through email to encourage Nely and remind her that she is not alone in working in her business, please send it to kabbring@operacionsanandres.orgOSA believes that this is the best way to maximize Nely’s talents and skills as a store owner. By encouraging her with prayer, you will be investing in the economic improvement of her family’s life.


Reflections on Peru

August 6, 2010

By Jennifer Gribble, Marketing Coordinator

In reading the updates from the Youth Mission Trip to Collique, Peru, from July, I was touched by this post written by Hailey Sellers:

We see dirt and pieces of cement

They see a floor and shelter

We see tattered clothes and shoes

They feel protection with just a sweater

We cry when we see this cardboard house

They praise God that they have a roof

OSA helps them build so much more

The smiles on their faces are living proof

They attach to us as if we’re family

Although they met us an hour ago

5 days later we hold on tight

Wishing that none of us ever had to go

We return in three years

Their memories aren’t the best

All of it starts over again

Everyone just forgets the rest

As if tomorrow never ends

We spend the day devoted

To praise, joy, and love these children

Our hearts with change will be coated

A tear may fall as we say goodbye

A hug passed from one to another

We places a bracelet on their wrist

So when it falls,

They know goodbye is never forever

Well said. If you want to read more of these amazing stories from our youth, click here.

Thank you to Rachel Moore, one of our youth, for capturing these amazing images of their trip.

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Chao, Peru!

July 2, 2010

By Elizabeth Edwards, South Main Member, who recently completed her 6 week medical internship in Collique Peru.

Wow. I can hardly believe the memories I am taking back home with me today. This has been 6 weeks of my life that I will always look back on as an experience that changed me for the better. Above everything, I will always remember the people. I will always remember the kids, who have nothing, who are victims of poverty, abuse, and hunger, but yet are full of so much joy and love for life. I will remember how they hung on to me from day one, saying “hermana Elisabet, no te vayas!” (“don’t leave!”).

I’m blessed to have been able to stay here for so long with them, but that makes it so much harder to leave them today. I will also remember their mothers who I spent some time with as well. Women who are struggling in more ways than I can imagine, but still took the time everyday to ask me how I was doing and thank me for my work.

I will also remember how welcoming all the OSA staff members were to me during my time here. They have truly been my family for the past 6 weeks. I’ve learned so much from each and every one of them and will miss them dearly. I have also learned so much from Christopher and Jessie. They have showed me what it looks like to step out of your comfort zone to serve others and serve God. I will be forever grateful for their hospitality and for making this experience possible for me.

This past week has flown by….read more here

To learn more about Operacion San Adres, click here

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